New Release Round-Up 12-17-21
Frank Zappa - 200 Motels: 50th Anniversary†- UMe
Frank Zappa's "200 Motels" turns 50! In celebration of FZ's famous 1971 "Surrealistic Documentary," Zappa Records, UMe, and MGM are pleased to present the original soundtrack newly remastered by the legendary Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, and featuring all original packaging including the booklet and mini-replica movie poster. Pressed on 180-gram heavy vinyl 2 LP by Optimal Media in Germany.
Kelley Stoltz - Antique Glow: Expanded Edition†-†Third Man Records.
Third Man Records is proud to release the 20th anniversary expanded edition of Kelley Stoltz's defining album 'Antique Glow.' Originally self-released in miniscule vinyl-only quantities in 2001, 'Antique Glow' has served not only as a template for the length of Kelley Stoltz's twenty-plus year career, but has also served as a compass for other Anglophile, TASCAM 388 home recording acolytes. †Original copies featured Stoltz's clever, wry and fanciful hand-painted adornments overtop reclaimed thrift store LP jackets, Third Man's release here utilizes some of those original unused images for a die-cut sleeve that ultimately gives the listener six different possible album covers. The songs are by and large masterpieces of bedroom pop magic. From the whispering 'Here Comes the Sun'-adjacent acoustic underpinnings of album opener 'Perpetual Night' through the fuzz-threaded leads of 'Are You Electric?' Stoltz's inspirations are impeccable and clear. Sixties Davies British Invasion through 80's British Bunnymen post-punk, with appropriate off-shoots into West Coast American pop-psych, Velvets-indebted hooliganism and Drake/CSNY acoustic attenuations, the end result is pure joy. On the expanded version, standout tracks previously relegated to an Australian tour-only CD (like the breathlessly cinematic 'Old Pictures') see their first-ever vinyl and digital release while there's an additional 8 songs from the 'Antique Glow'-era seeing their first ever release in any format. The cutting room floor quality here is second-to-none, Stoltz clearly gifted with the curse of writing too many indelible songs, so the newly released 'Too Beck' (originally cast off by Kelley because he thought 'it sounded too much like Beck') and 'Umbrella' stand firm as some of the best, most timeless music Stoltz has ever released... a full two decades after he recorded them! With all instruments and vocals performed by Stoltz, the singularity of vision here is impeccably clear and executed.
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK
Bo Burnham - INSIDE (The Songs)
Elbow - Flying Dream 1 [Indie Exclusive limited Edition Green LP]
Brian Wilson - At My Piano
Amanda Shires - For Christmas
Eddie Vedder - Long Way [Limited Edition Vinyl Single]
FUZZ - LEVITATION Sessions [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Green with Heavy Purple Splatter LP]
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Germaine Franco, Encanto - Cast - Encanto (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Demi Lovato - Dancing With The Devil...The Art of Starting Over
NCT - The 3rd Album 'Universe' [Photobook Ver.]
SING 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die - Illusory Walls [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear 2LP]
Ween - At the Cat's Cradle, 1992
Stubbs The Zombie: The Soundtrack [Indie Exclusive Black/Green Splatter LP]
The Zoo - Presents Chocolate Moose [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Spearmint Green LP]
Federal Duck - Federal Duck [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Orange LP]
Kid Cudi - Man On The Moon III: The Chosen
Logic - Bobby Tarantino III
Morgan Wallen - Dangerous: The Double Album [Double Cassette]
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